Do you sometimes need a timeout or space to breathe and be? With all of the many things happening in the world, sometimes it is necessary to give yourself time in silence and stillness to listen within. However, sometimes it feels like we do not have the time and/or discipline to make the time to be still — it seems to be too self-indulgent or impossible in light of life’s day to day responsibilities.
Over the last several years, I have discovered ways to give myself space to be, contemplate and reflect. During these times, I have spent time visioning and meditating. I found that as I visioned, meditated and reflected I was opening to new possibilities in my life after years of practicing law. Through visioning, meditation and prayer and my conversations with those who expressed a desire for silence and stillness, the idea of one to two day gatherings known as “Days of Exploration” began to take shape.
I facilitated the first Day of Exploration in January 2013. The day(s) provide a space for people to be still and to meditate, reflect, contemplate, and vision. I share the opportunity with clients, friends, colleagues and acquaintances of various ages and backgrounds — some spiritual and/or religious and others who were neither. Most all have the desire to find a space where they can meditate, reflect, contemplate, vision and be still without the distractions of life.
— Mara Brazer
Each Day of Exploration provides four to six participants with the opportunity to meditate, vision, reflect, contemplate and rest. Each day is six to seven hours long. Specifically, the days involve time for visioning, guided meditations, journaling and silence. It is time of rest and restoration. There are no cellphones or computers.
The single day gatherings include a prepared lunch in the middle of the day and free time to take walks, rest, journal, reflect and contemplate after lunch. There is time to process what has occurred in the morning and to go off on one’s own before reconvening in the afternoon. The afternoon sessions focus on integrating what has been revealed in the morning to develop life intentions and practices to support those intentions. Groups may choose to meet again to continue the work. The two-day gatherings provide a greater opportunity to be still and rest in a safe and welcoming environment.
Although there is an outline for each day, Days of Exploration follow the flow of the group’s specific topics and issues shared with me before or during the day. No day is the same even in groups that have met a number of times. Each participant has specific opportunities to set intentions for themselves. This is one of the principle reasons for the gatherings because so often I have observed people have ideas revealed to them through visioning and meditation but there is no support for the process that leads to the manifestation of the idea. Days of Exploration assist participants’ process of moving from an idea to the manifestation of an idea from within. Ultimately, the purpose of Days of Exploration is to support participants in giving themselves the space in their everyday lives on a regular basis to be still, rest, reflect and listen within.
If you are interested in experiencing a Day of Exploration, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.